Category Archives: E-Specials

Cellers Santamaria: Spanish wine from the Old School!

2007 Cellers Santamaria "Gran Recosind"
$16.95 bottle/ $163.00 case

Describing a wine as sexy seems to be a bit pandering. What does that mean exactly? Then I took a taste of this sensual red from Spain’s little explored Emporda region in the northeast corner of the country, and I have to say I knew exactly what it meant. If this is wine- sexy, then…

Drinking well for less in Cahors, Beaujolais, & Tuscany!

When one is pouring for guests during this summer season (heck, during any season for that matter), one always likes their guests to think their generous hosts spent way more than they did on the liquid pleasure being offered. Or if you’re bringing a special bottle along to dinner it is always good to know…

Piedmontese Pleasures!

Piedmont Pleasures Individually or together, these are world class red wines that have all found their way into my basement. Absolutely stellar winemaking involved here from one of the places in the world I am most passionate about! 2004 BREZZA Barolo “Sarmassa” $53.95 bottle/ $291.00- 1/2 case/ $517.00 case The deal with this one, apart…

Pitch Perfect Pinot Gris!

2010 BELLE PENTE Pinot Gris ‘Willamette Valley” $16.95 bottle/ $163.00 case If you’re looking for a local white that is drinking perfectly right now for your dinner tables, grab this rapidly disappearing white while you can. I’ve always been a huge fan of owner/winemaker Brian O’Donnell’s wines at Belle Pente. He has a deft touch…

Notre Dame de Laval: French bargain hunting!

2011 NOTRE DAME DE LAVAL Cotes du Roussillon
$8.95 bottle/ $85.00 case

This certainly comes under the “old friends” banner if I think of all there wondrous bargains I’ve had from southwest France over the years. It is always somewhat staggering how much wine you get for so little money with these reds. Made from old vine carignan (45%), grenache (30%), and syrah (25%) vineyards that dot…

California Dreamin’: The bold & the beautiful!

California Dreamin’ I think it was the trip to Napa and Sonoma a few weeks ago that rekindled my passion for American red wine. And when I talk American, I mean big, rich, jammy wine that tame the smoke and heat off the ‘que and complement the intense flavors on your plates. Plus, when things…

Saint-André Corbin’s Cellar Worthy Bordeaux Bargain!

2010 CHATEAU SAINT ANDRE CORBIN St-Georges-St-Emilion $22.95 btl/ $225.00 case Once again the myth that you have to spend a large percentage of your discretionary income to get a Bordeaux of consequence, something that will reward 10+ years in the cellar, is proven false. Case in point is the latest release of a regular presence…

Sauvignon Sensation!!

2011 CEDRICK BARDIN Sancerre $19.95 btl/ $195.00 case If asked to define “zesty” with a bottle of wine I would probably just hand the questioner a bottle of VINO favorite Cedrick Bardin’s current release of Sancerre and let the wine speak for itself. I love sauvignon blanc from the Sancerre appellation, especially in Bardin’s very…